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Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:08 pm

Freddy Mercury died at age 45 on this date.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:15 pm

I remember when it was publicly announced that he in fact had AIDS. He died the very next day.

Queen's last album with him was fitting. Innuendo was excellent - it's as if he and the band knew perfectly well that this was the last one, and they pulled out all the stops.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:22 pm

One of my favourite performers of all time. I was watching some videos of Queen at Live Aid only the other day.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:38 pm

Well, actually he died on November 24th...

But I remember the day well.
He was, and still is, one of my favorite performers.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:18 pm

I have Live Killers it's ok, the Live at Wembly 86 is much better, it's shows Queen at the top of there game. I'm looking forward to the Freddie Mercury movie, it'll be pretty interesting.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
Queen's last album with him was fitting. Innuendo was excellent

Queens last album with Freddie was Made in Heaven, the songs were all recorded before he died, he sang what he could when he could.

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Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:50 pm

Freddie was a great artist with a great voice and charisma, and Queen is one of the best bands on the planet. Period.

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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:04 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 4):

Queens last album with Freddie was Made in Heaven, the songs were all recorded before he died, he sang what he could when he could.

I don't consider that a proper album. It was a collection of some outtakes and some new material jammed together well after the fact. Don;t get me wrong - it was a very noble effort on the part of Freddie, but it's not a proper album in that they worked it all the way through together and the end product was one where all the members are all satisfied with the result. Freddie never heard a single final mix of any of those tracks. Innuendo was the last real Queen album.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:21 pm

Seems just like yesterday.
I still have the news clipping from the Los Angeles Times that I inserted in to my LP pressing of 'A Night At The Opera'.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
I remember when it was publicly announced that he in fact had AIDS. He died the very next day.

That seemed very odd to me.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:43 pm

One of the last new songs he did vocals on, only a few months before his demise was 'The Show Must Go On'. He had one of the great voices in rock/pop music and he is missed by many in music even today.
 
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Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:26 am

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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:11 am

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):
'The Show Must Go On'

All the band members knew the show was soon going to be over and that it could not go on without Freddie. I find it almost insulting that Paul Rodgers should try to take his place. But Queen and their music will live on forever through the generations.

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):
He had one of the great voices in rock/pop music

Top 5 no questions, if I had to vote for a #1, I think it would be Freddie.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 9):
THE greatest frontman in rock, bar none.

And not only that, a true musician and a gentleman.

I have had the priveledge to go to his birthplace in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. His home has been turned into Freddies Bar and a shrine to Freddie.
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Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:37 am

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Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):
One of the last new songs he did vocals on, only a few months before his demise was 'The Show Must Go On'. He had one of the great voices in rock/pop music and he is missed by many in music even today.


It is incredible how, when faced with the fact he was going to die soon, instead of just laying back he wrote and sang some of the best songs about the topic of death. Way to go out with a bang.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 9):
THE greatest frontman in rock, bar none.


Absolutely correct.

I still remember being a young kid in my mom's car in Areeiro square in Lisbon on my way to taking my sister to school, and the news coming up on the morning radio. I remember thinking "who the heck is this person? since when does a singer's death makes it to the morning news?" First time I ever heard of Freddie Mercury was the day he died, sadly enough. Since then I have come to realize he was one of the best performers in history, Live at Wembley 1986 has got to be the best concert ever, a true magnum opus.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:15 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):
'The Show Must Go On'

All the band members knew the show was soon going to be over and that it could not go on without Freddie.

'The Show Must Go On' is the last song on side 2 of the Innuendo album.
That album was sort of a come back for Queen (at least in the US). The two previous albums didn't do so well in the states and didn't have that signature Queen sound.
Innuendo is an incredible album that has all of Queens signature melodies and production quality.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
I find it almost insulting that Paul Rodgers should try to take his place.

Don't EVEN get me started on that!
I never forget hearing him in an interview were he was saying that him joining the band "raised the profile of the band".  Wow! Yes Paul Rodgers actually said that!
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:10 am

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 9):
THE greatest frontman in rock, bar none.

Unequivocally...

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
And not only that, a true musician and a gentleman.

indubitably...

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
I have had the priveledge to go to his birthplace in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. His home has been turned into Freddies Bar and a shrine to Freddie.

Me too... It was like going to sacred religious site for me... 
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:34 pm

Already that long ago.. 19 years.. A short time, before he died, a friend gave me some Queen Records. This was the first time, I heared of this band. I was 14. And I liked that music. This friend had seen them perform live, some years earlier, and I wanted to see them, too. The next day, my mother told me, that Freddie Mercury had died. That was shocking news for me, I really felt sorry for him. I can't remember, but maybe I even cried a little, too.

I refuse listening to Queen with Paul Rodgers, their music might be the same, but Queen without Freddie is not and will never be Queen.

Freddie had a great voice, one of the greatest voices, ever. Keep rockin', wherever you are, Freddie!
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:42 pm

Quoting Wolverine (Reply 14):

I refuse listening to Queen with Paul Rodgers, their music might be the same, but Queen without Freddie is not and will never be Queen.

I am actually not as critical of the "Queen + Paul Rodgers" thing, although I am glad it was short-lived. I watched them live back in 2004, I believe, not because I felt they were the actual Queen but because I wanted to see Brian May live (because I knew unfortunately I would never have a chance to see Freddie Mercury live) and because I wanted to see a tribute to Freddie. And that was what happened - they knew they would never be Queen again so when it came time for Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Rodgers just stepped off the stage and they had a video of Freddie singing it on the big screen while the original members played the instruments.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:01 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 6):
I don't consider that a proper album. It was a collection of some outtakes and some new material jammed together well after the fact. Don;t get me wrong - it was a very noble effort on the part of Freddie, but it's not a proper album in that they worked it all the way through together and the end product was one where all the members are all satisfied with the result. Freddie never heard a single final mix of any of those tracks. Innuendo was the last real Queen album.

Freddie recorded the songs and asked for the rest of the band to complete the album, which they did, as far as I am concerned it makes it a propper Queen album, just a little different from the rest.
 
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:50 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 11):

Fantastic Pyrex!   

Great picture of one of the greatest singers of all time. We miss you Freddy and we'll see you on the other side.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:04 pm

I always liked this one



gotta say musicians today are a little boring

 
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:37 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):I remember when it was publicly announced that he in fact had AIDS. He died the very next day.
That seemed very odd to me.

Indeed, it was rather quite ironic. I do remember reading that he was an intensely private person, and purposely waited until the last possible second to announce his AIDS diagnosis.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 9):
THE greatest frontman in rock, bar none.

   What a performer!!!
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:42 pm

Quite simply one of the best singing voices in history. Its so sad to think how he died and how close he came to the treatment and control era for HIV/AIDS. A couple years more and we might still have Freddy with us.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:49 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 18):
gotta say musicians today are a little boring


Grunge and alternative sucked all the fun out of rock music. For some reason, being over-the-top entertainers became uncool. I certainly don't get it.
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Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:11 am

Quoting offloaded (Reply 2):
One of my favourite performers of all time. I was watching some videos of Queen at Live Aid only the other day.

One of my favorite YouTube videos is of Queen performing Radio Gaga at Live Aid. An amazing performance.

There is no comparison between Freddy Mercury, in a white T Shirt and jeans, and Lady Gaga (who got her name from the Queen song), in her over the top costumes. Freddy and the rest of the band were such phenomenal musicians that they didn't need to wear fancy costumes to keep their fans entertained!

I think it's wonderful that Queen guitarist Brian May went back to complete his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Imperial College three years ago - how many people are both world class musicians and world class scientists?
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:14 am

Actually watched Live at Wembley last night on VH1 Classics in Concert. Really disappointed that I passed up the chance to see them back in 1980.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:52 am

Queen should find a Freddie Mercury replacement in The Philippines.
I'm sure there is one there. Many cover bands there and that is how Journey found their Steve Perry replacement.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:20 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
Queen should find a Freddie Mercury replacement in The Philippines


 

Why not from his Indian Parsi roots?   The next Farrokh Bulsara is lurking there somewhere in Bombay... Gujerati, Gujerati, BISMILLAH!   
 
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:17 am

Quoting comorin (Reply 25):
Why not from his Indian Parsi roots? The next Farrokh Bulsara is lurking there somewhere in Bombay... Gujerati, Gujerati, BISMILLAH!

All the good cover acts are coming out of The Philippines.
Journey would have a very difficult time finding a Steve Perry replacement from Fresno, California.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:19 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
All the good cover acts are coming out of The Philippines.

I agree, but just like the Philippines, Goa in India has incredible musicians - its just in their blood.
 
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:31 am

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 22):
There is no comparison between Freddy Mercury, in a white T Shirt and jeans, and Lady Gaga (who got her name from the Queen song), in her over the top costumes.

Take a look at some photos of 70's Queen then think about your statement.

Personally I don't see Lady Gaga's over the top costumes any more over the top than Elton John dressed as Donald Duck, or KISS, or David Bowie.....

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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:42 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 28):
Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 22):
There is no comparison between Freddy Mercury, in a white T Shirt and jeans, and Lady Gaga (who got her name from the Queen song), in her over the top costumes.

Take a look at some photos of 70's Queen then think about your statement.

I know that Queen has worn some over the top costumes, but unlike Lady Gaga, Queen also appeared on stage in street clothes.

At Queen's Live Aid concert in 1985, the band wore street clothes, and were almost universally agreed to have put on the best show of the day. They were such phenomenal musicians that they didn't need to wear fancy costumes to keep the audience entertained.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:46 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 29):
I know that Queen has worn some over the top costumes, but unlike Lady Gaga, Queen also appeared on stage in street clothes.

At Queen's Live Aid concert in 1985, the band wore street clothes, and were almost universally agreed to have put on the best show of the day. They were such phenomenal musicians that they didn't need to wear fancy costumes to keep the audience entertained.

Unlike Queen at Wembly who had been playing together for 15 or so years Lady Gaga has only been around for a couple, if she makes it in the long term (I think she will) I bet she will change her style, like Queen. Elton John, Bowie did.
 
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:12 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 29):
At Queen's Live Aid concert in 1985, the band wore street clothes, and were almost universally agreed to have put on the best show of the day. They were such phenomenal musicians that they didn't need to wear fancy costumes to keep the audience entertained.

Dude it was 1985. The greatest bands ever had already retired, split up, died or were lousy at that point.
At Live Aid, Queen followed crap bands like Coldstream Guards, Style Council, Boomtown Rats, U2, Adam Ant and the already old & washed up The Who. Not much competition.

Queen's over the top costumes added to their performance. I respect bands that give a full audio and visual performance. I don't want to see guys on stage that look like me. I want to see superstars that have impeccable music talent.
I love and respect bands like Queen, David Bowie, KISS, The Electric Light Orchestra, Gino Vannelli and other bands that know how to put on a show.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:49 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 31):
Queen's over the top costumes added to their performance. I respect bands that give a full audio and visual performance. I don't want to see guys on stage that look like me. I want to see superstars that have impeccable music talent.
I love and respect bands like Queen, David Bowie, KISS, The Electric Light Orchestra, Gino Vannelli and other bands that know how to put on a show.

As someone who saw Queen twice (News of the World and The Game tours), I gotta tell you... Every little piece of it added to "The Show". The lights, costumes, smoke, music, the crowd and Freddie's interaction with it, just a complete sensory experience. And yes, Freddie's, outfits were a part of it. It was that completeness of the experience that made it so special.
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:57 am

Quoting 4holer (Reply 32):
As someone who saw Queen twice (News of the World and The Game tours), I gotta tell you... Every little piece of it added to "The Show". The lights, costumes, smoke, music, the crowd and Freddie's interaction with it, just a complete sensory experience. And yes, Freddie's, outfits were a part of it. It was that completeness of the experience that made it so special.

Damn you were so lucky to experience those days!   
Concerts were really fantastic back then. You went more than just for the music.
Other bands that put on a full presentation and gave their fans their moneys worth;

The Electic Light Orchestra
Earth Wind & Fire
KISS
Rush
Parliament / Funkadelics
Styx
Gino Vannelli
Yes
Kansas
Alice Cooper
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RE: Freddy Mercury - 19 Years Ago, Today

Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:25 pm

Myself and my fiancee are big lovers of Queen. Really a great band and Freddie Mercury a talent lost far before his time. We consider Queen to be "road music", it's great to pop in a queen album and listen to that on a nice long drive. Especially when you get to Bohemain Rhapsody. Takes the monotony out of anything!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 33):
The Electic Light Orchestra
Earth Wind & Fire
KISS
Rush
Parliament / Funkadelics
Styx
Gino Vannelli
Yes
Kansas
Alice Cooper

Don't forget Genesis! They put on one hell of a show. Pink Floyd sometimes had great visuals as well. (The Wall tours).

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